Green Devils claim 6-4A title
For the fourth straight year head coach Donald Johnson and the Plaquemine Green Devils have been crowned 6-4A District Champions.
Plaquemine needed to win out their final two district matchups this week, against St. Michael and Livonia, for the title. PHS closed out district play with an overall 9-1 record, followed by St. Michael at 8-2, both losses to Plaquemine. The first crucial victory of the week came over rival St. Michael 56-49.
Plaquemine racked up 24 points in the first half to St. Michael’s 19. The tilt was neck and neck through the fourth as PHS fended off a late St. Michael comeback.
PHS totaled 17 points in the third to STM’s 11, however, St. Michael surged in the fourth with 19 points, but it was not enough to overcome the 15 points the Devils put up in the closing quarter.
Keandre Randall resumed his position as team scoring leader with 19 points in the win, followed by A.J. Riley and Darius Jackson each with 10. Trajan Butler followed with eight.
Herb Thomas was assist leader with eight and rebound leader with five.
After handing St. Michael their second loss of the district season, the Green Devils returned home to close out regular season play against rival Livonia.
PHS rocked the home court with a blowout win, 70-42. It was a tight game at the half as PHS put up 25 points to Livonia’s 19, but the Devils kicked it into high gear eager to claim the 6-4A crown with a 21-point third quarter performance followed by a 24-point fourth quarter.
Randall continued his lead scoring streak with 29 points, followed by Trajan Butler with 11, A.J. Riley with seven, Nico Barbee with six and Herb Thomas with five. Thomas totaled five assists.
Butler was rebound leader with seven, Riley with six and Tyrin McCoy with five.
With the final win of the regular season, the Plaquemine Green Devils turn their eyes to the playoffs with one goal in mind: a state championship.
“It is a great feeling and an honor to win four in a row,” head coach Donald Johnson said. “I appreciate all four of them and I cherish each one, but my focus is on the state championship.
“We don’t despise small beginnings, so we will build on ‘small’ championships to get the ‘Big One’.”
Plaquemine received the sixth overall seed in 4A and will host 27-seeded Cecilia to open the playoffs.